AIDS Control: Problems of New Blood Test
Nature. 1984 May 10; 309(5964): 106.
The imminent availability of a blood test to detect the presence of the causative virus of AIDS presents several practical and ethical problems. Industry does not yet have the capacity to produce the millions of test kits needed, and priorities for the mass screening of donated blood and of high risk groups may be required. Confidentiality will be of concern in the notification and "deferred" listing of positive-testing blood donors and in possible requirements for notification of state health authorities. It is still not known if a positive test in asymptomatic individuals is a predictor of the future developments of AIDS. (KIE abstract)
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